Jen Spindel

Assistant Professor & Program Director International Affairs
Phone: (603) 862-3356
Office: UNH Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Jennifer Spindel is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on international security, foreign policy, alliances, and civil-military relations, and she is interested in how political actors signal their intentions and beliefs. Her current book project argues that states use arms transfers to send signals about their political alignment, even when the weapon does not affect the balance of power. The book draws on fieldwork she conducted at international weapons exhibitions, as well as documents she collected from U.S. national and presidential archives.

Courses Taught

  • IA 501: Global Issues Intrntnl Affairs
  • POLT 403: United States in World Affairs
  • POLT 562: Strategy&Natl Security Policy
  • POLT 568: International Security
  • POLT 592: Selected Topics Intl Politics
  • POLT 696: Independent Study
  • POLT 700/800: Political Science Pro-Seminar
  • POLT 796: Advanced Study
  • POLT 797E/897E: Seminar/Technology & War


  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • M.A., University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Colgate University

Research Interests

  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations/Diplomacy
  • International Security
  • Military Tactics/Combat
  • Nuclear Warfare

Selected Publications

  • Spindel, J., Carter, K., & McClary, M. (2024). How Ukraine Can Do More With Less: A Military Strategy to Outlast Russia. Foreign Affairs. Retrieved from https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ukraine/how-ukraine-can-do-more-less

  • Spindel, J. (2024). Qualitative Social Network Analysis. In J. Cyr, & S. Wallace Goodman (Eds.), Doing Good Qualitative Research. Oxford University Press, USA. Retrieved from https://global.oup.com/

  • Spindel, J. (2023). CHAPTER 16. TRUMP’S TRANSACTIONAL FOLLIES. In Chaos Reconsidered (pp. 168-180). Columbia University Press. doi:10.7312/ali-20448-018

  • Spindel, J. (2023). Arms for influence? The limits of Great Power leverage. European Journal of International Security, 8(3), 395-412. doi:10.1017/eis.2023.3

  • Kuo, R. C., & Spindel, J. (2022). The Unintended Consequences of Arms Embargoes. Foreign Policy Analysis, 19(1). doi:10.1093/fpa/orac030

  • Ralston, R., & Spindel, J. (2022). Public Attitudes Toward Diversity, Promotion, and Leadership in the US Military. ARMED FORCES & SOCIETY. doi:10.1177/0095327X221117609

  • Spindel, J. F., Spindel, J., Gordon, K., & Koch, J. (2022). The Effects of The COVID-19 Pandemic on Primary Prevention. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF THE MEDICAL SCIENCES, 363(2), 204-205. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

  • Motta, M., Ralston, R., & Spindel, J. (2021). A Call to Arms for Climate Change? How Military Service Member Concern About Climate Change Can Inform Effective Climate Communication. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION-A JOURNAL OF NATURE AND CULTURE, 15(1), 85-98. doi:10.1080/17524032.2020.1799836

  • Spindel, J., & Ralston, R. (2019). Taking Social Cohesion to Task: Perceptions of Transgender Military Inclusion and Concepts of Cohesion. Journal of Global Security Studies. doi:10.1093/jogss/ogz045

  • Krebs, R. R., & Spindel, J. (2018). Divided Priorities: Why and When Allies Differ Over Military Intervention. SECURITY STUDIES, 27(4), 575-606. doi:10.1080/09636412.2018.1483609

  • Most Cited Publications